The Prevention Lockbox
Sarah Pauling, Examity
Innovation Spotlight:
Examity's Proactive Approach to Learning Validation
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The rise of online learning among higher education institutions, certification providers, and employers has driven increased demand for solutions that can protect test integrity and create a secure online assessment experience.
Founded in 2013 to address this need,
developed a learning validation and online proctoring solution for a diverse cross-section of education and testing providers, including Amazon, Docker, Duolingo, Indiana University, and Western Governors University. The company’s solution integrates seamlessly with test delivery systems and includes a variety of proctoring styles, from automated through to live. Examity’s technology is enabled by AI and machine learning algorithms designed to protect exam content and streamline the testing experience. To learn more about Examity’s work—and their proactive approach to test security—we spoke with Shailu Tipparaju, who has served as Examity’s Chief Technology Officer since its founding:
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"Examity’s approach is rooted in our platform’s ability to monitor and analyze test-takers’ behavior in
real time
The theme of this month’s issue is “prevention”. How does Examity incorporate prevention into its solution?
Our integrations are designed to not just catch cheaters, but prevent cheating from occurring in the first place. Taking preventative measures can also help to protect the exam content itself. Examity’s approach is rooted in our platform’s ability to monitor and analyze test-takers’ behavior in real time.
Examity has the ability to pause or lock tests that are in progress, based on behavioral alerts. For example, if the system identifies a potential violation, we can pause the exam until the issue is resolved—or, if necessary, suspend the exam for further review.
  What type of behaviors suggest a cheating incident has occurred?
Cheating behavior can be broken down into three categories:
    • Webcam behavior, which includes stepping out of the camera view, non-test-takers stepping into the frame, or other unexpected movements.
    • Audio behavior, which could include unusual sounds or audible conversation in the room where the exam is taking place.
    • Screen behavior, such as opening an unauthorized application during the test. 

What does prevention look like in automated proctoring?

For tests that use automated proctoring, administrators can establish rules that determine the appropriate response for each specific violation (e.g., pausing the test or suspending the user). For example, if a rule is programmed to lead to automatic suspension, the user will get locked out of the test when the platform sees that rule being broken.
What is the role of AI and machine learning in powering test integrity?
Our platform is rooted in machine learning algorithms that create a more secure experience before, during, and after the test. Here’s how that works:
Before the test
  • By integrating with test delivery platforms such as Caveon’s SEI, we can access information on previous exam-taking history and behavior to help proctors know what to look out for.
  • As needed, we can increase the security of tests based on test-takers’ past behaviors.
During the test
  • During the test itself, Examity is constantly learning from a growing database of tests to understand behavior, predict potential violations, and respond accordingly.
  • One such tool, Quick Test, can determine if users finish a test unrealistically fast, suggesting they had pre-knowledge of the exam.
After the test
  • Our work doesn’t end when the test is complete. Examity’s AI establishes benchmarks based on testing data and incorporates information from each test to drive our predictive analytics engine. This allows us to use past behavior to determine future decision-making and anticipate problems before they arise.

As a growing number of education and testing providers turn to online assessments, solutions that take a preventative approach to test integrity can both improve the test-taker experience and keep exam content safe. By leveraging technology that can monitor and respond to potential violations in real time, Examity is working to to ensure a more secure, responsive testing environment.

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Shailu Tipparaju
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